Manufacturing News & Events

Manufacturing News & Events

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05.20.21

Awards Announced at Central Mass Manufacturing Summit

Worcester Business Journal announces annual winners

In May, the Worcester Business Journal hosted the Central Massachusetts Manufacturing Summit and during the event, announced the winners of their ‘2021 Manufacturing Excellence’ awards, an annual program they’ve run since 2016.

The 2021 event was sponsored by MassMEP and S&G Business Consultants and CPA's, and featured an accomplished group of honorees from across the Central Mass region.

Watch the livestream videos from the Manufacturing Summit and the awards event on the Journal’s website.

View event video here

05.24.21

The ‘EastWest Exchange’ Features WMass Manufacturers in the Defense & Aerospace Supply Chain

The ‘EastWest Exchange’ Features WMass Manufacturers in the Defense & Aerospace Supply Chain

The second EastWest Exchange virtual forum took place on May 24th, highlighting opportunities for small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms in Western Mass to engage with the supply chain for the aerospace and defense sectors.

The forum was headlined by Congressman Richard Neal and Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, and featured executives from Raytheon and General Dynamics, as well as iRobot’s CEO and founder Colin Angle.  

As part of the event, one of the organizers, Western Mass Economic Development Council, produced a video that spotlights some of the Western Mass manufacturers that are in this supply chain.  Watch the Video here.

Watch the coverage of the event via Springfield’s WWLP 22News.

Learn more about the EastWest Exchange

 

09.28.21

The Massachusetts Manufacturing Mash-Up!

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech (CAM), along with MassMEP, MassRobotics, FORGE, WPI, and MassHire, will host an exciting new conference - the “Massachusetts Manufacturing Mash-Up” - to kick-off manufacturing month in 2021.

The Mash-Up name inspires something innovative and unique. The place to see the “new face of manufacturing” in Massachusetts. The event will feature a mix of indoor and outdoor space at the new Polar Park in Worcester, the home of the WooSox, setting a new 'vibe' for manufacturing.

Join us on September 28, 2021, for a full day to:

  • Meet with new business opportunities or partners;

  • Find the resources to help manufacturers succeed;

  • Gain the knowledge to join the advanced manufacturing world in which we now operate;

  • Engage with state and local leaders interested in manufacturing, and

  • Network in a unique environment intended to inspire new connections and businesses!

This Mash-Up will be a platform for partners and industry to come together to help put the “advanced” in advanced manufacturing!

 Learn more about the Massachusetts Manufacturing Mash-Up!

 

News

Massachusetts Awarded ‘Future of Manufacturing’ Grant from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new ‘Future of Manufacturing’ grant of $499,955 awarded to a collaboration of Massachusetts organizations, which will help the region’s manufacturers pivot their operations to address emerging crises.

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CareAline Products Wins Second ‘Intrapreneur Challenge’ In Support of COVID-19 Response

WESTBOROUGH – On Friday, August 21, a panel of expert judges declared CareAline Products of Danvers the winner of the second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, a competition focused on companies developing innovations that will help Massachusetts in its reopening processes. The Challenge featured pitches from nine established Massachusetts companies, who pitched their designs and business plans aimed at addressing the ongoing public health challenge.

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Finalists Selected for Second COVID-19 Response Challenge

WESTBOROUGH, MA — Nine intrapreneurs from companies across Massachusetts have been selected as finalists for Lever’s second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, which focuses on helping Massachusetts companies pivot operations to produce innovations that support the state’s reopening.

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New Accelerator Aims to Boost ‘Made in Mass.’ Products that Support Re-opening

WESTBOROUGH, MA – The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Lever have announced the second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge to identify and mentor innovative Massachusetts companies interested in developing a product or service to support Phase 2 of the state’s re-opening. The Intrapreneur Challenge is a five-part business accelerator program that aims to activate, connect, and focus Massachusetts companies as they pivot production capabilities to meet the emerging needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants to Boost Production of Personal Protective Equipment, Critical Supplies in Massachusetts to Support COVID-19 Response

BOSTON - May 21, 2020 —Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $9.5 million in grants to boost production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical materials needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Reopening Massachusetts plan. The new awards were made through the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) to 15 grantees, including Massachusetts manufacturers, that are producing needed items such as masks, gowns, ventilators, swabs, and testing materials, and the capacity to test them.

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New Balance to Open “Factory of the Future” In Methuen

Apparel and footwear maker New Balance is building its first new factory in two decades in Methuen. The new 80,000 square foot facility will create at least 60 new jobs focused on advanced manufacturing techniques and research and development. According to The Boston Globe, the new factory will not be fully built out when it opens sometime this spring, leaving room for the company to grow into the space experiment while experimenting new technologies like sole injection molding, hot melt bonding technology and 3D manufacturing. The Salem News reported that permitting for the new project was completed in 2019.

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Card Maker LovePop Uses 3D Printers To Make Faceshields

By: Rowan Walrath 

Greeting card manufacturer LovePop is ramping up production of plastic face shields for front line health care workers. Once their face shield production ramps up to capacity they plan to add hospital gowns to mix. 

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